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Assessment Unit Brochure
Welcome to The Observation and Assessment Unit
Creoso i Dosbarth Dyfed
‘The most important and complicated learning: that is what play is for!’
(Hewett. D. 2006, ICAN, Talking Point, March. www.talkingpoint.org.uk)
Here at the unit we offer children the extra support and time whilst we observe and assess their needs.
We work in small groups and have a high staff to pupil ratio.
As with the rest of the Foundation Phase we advocate learning through play. With the support of our expert staff children will be offered a wide variety of multi sensory learning experiences designed to promote communication, social skills, sensory and emotional development.
Having fun and engaging with children is key to what we do. The pupils in the unit are challenged to engage and achieve. They are encouraged to take part in a full range of activities and to take pleasure in their achievements.
Each day the pupils in Dosbarth Dyfed have lunch and spend playtimes with the Nursery and Reception classes. Our Outdoor area is colourful and there are a lot of activities to choose from.
Children who celebrate a birthday sometimes bring a Birthday Cake into school. This gives another opportunity to promote sharing and being kind to friends. It is a great opportunity for language work as the children are often animated when they are excited about cards or gifts.
Dosbarth Dyfed follow the Foundation Phase curriculum. The Foundation Phase has seven Areas of Learning. These are:
Personal and Social Development, Well-being and Cultural Diversity – this includes children learning about themselves, forming relationships with other children and adults and developing their self-esteem and personal moral values.
Language, Literacy and Communication Skills – these skills are developed through talking and listening, reading and writing and by communicating their needs, feelings and thoughts.
Mathematical Development – mathematical skills are developed by solving problems, using numbers daily, working mentally with numbers and investigating shapes, measures and money.
Welsh Language Development – children have the opportunity to learn to use and to communicate in Welsh to the best of their ability.
Knowledge and Understanding of the World – children will be given experiences to help them become curious and understand more about past events, people and places, living things and the work people do. They learn to show concern and respect for all living things and the environment.
Physical Development – children are encouraged to enjoy adventurous and physical play and the importance of health, fitness and safety.
Creative Development – this includes art, craft, design, music, dance and movement.
Religious Education and the development of ICT skills are linked to these Areas of Learning and to the children`s learning experiences.